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What now? Who now? The CDC's New Guideline for Alcohol in P…

What now? Who now? The CDC's New Guideline for Alcohol in Pregnancy

On February 1, the CDC updated their guidelines on alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Previously, the CDC stated that women should abstain from drinking while pregnant because too much alcohol can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) in babies. (FASD is bad news because it causes physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a baby’s whole life.) Since there is no known “safe” amount of alcohol the CDC has always said, just stay away from it altogether when you’re in the family way.Last week the CDC decided to expand on this, now advising women of childbearing age to avoid drinking alcohol unless they are using contraception. Say what? Their logic is that more than 3 million women in the U.S. are having sex, not using birth control, and drinking alcohol so they are therefore putting a possible embryo at-risk of FASD.

Personally, I’m amazed at the way they have simplified the preventative measures of FASD. They seem to be ignoring the fact that many women who continue to drink heavily during pregnancy are probably fighting an addiction – not an ignorance of alcohol dangers.Meanwhile, the rest of us who like to drink recreationally are now supposed to be terrified that they might cause FASD in a potential, future, imaginary baby even if they aren’t trying to get pregnant? It’s like advising everyone with a driver’s license to avoid alcohol to reduce the chances of drunk driving.Furthermore, I also breathlessly await their recommendation that men of reproductive age abstain from alcohol because of the possible impact it could have on sperm quality. Bottom line: The CDC made a huge misstep by releasing this condescending guideline that insinuates that our uterus’ are Schrodinger’s boxes and missed the opportunity to effectively communicate the dangers of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Perhaps they were drunk when they wrote it.



— Do they realize that the child bearing age is from like 12-45? but only 24 of those years women are "legally" allowed to drink. i say legally because of all the underage drinking going on... which is where most alcoholism starts for men and woman. However fighting addiction is hard no matter what the addiction is...

— They can "recommend" what they like, it's not going to stop ppl who have half a brain from enjoying a few at a get together! I've worked in a bar for 15 years along with a lot of other women who have conceived during that time and never saw anyone have a problem as long as they stopped drinking as soon as they found out they were pregnant.

— Oh how i love the CDC in their ways of stating things .... smh

— there are plenty of studies now showing heavy alcohol consumption can actually effect an egg itself. As well as sperm in men who consume a large amount of alcohol. There also has been coorelations between fas and parents who were intoxicated at the time of consumption without any other exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. I'm sure they took into account these studies as well. I do agree that the risks of this is small and education would seem to be a much better route than scare tactics though